Sandler the Smithy

I have written about one of today’s characters before.  Twice, in fact.  I wrote a story about his parents……Watching So Many Children Die, and I wrote a story about one of his sons……..Finding a Job and a Wife in the Big City.  Today would be the 139th anniversary of his marriage, so I chose to write about him today.

His name was Peter Sandler, and his bride was Margaretha Boxdorfer.  Peter was not the first Sandler to marry a Boxdorfer.  His older brother, William, had married Margaretha’s older sister, Anna, eight years earlier.  Peter and Margaretha were married on November 26, 1878 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville.  Here is their marriage record.  It spilled out over two pages in the original record so I had to make two images.

Sandler Boxdorfer marriage record 1

Sandler Boxdorfer marriage record 2
Sandler/Boxdorfer marriage record

I am going to start with the bride.  Margaretha was the daughter of Gottlieb and Barbara (Muench) Boxdorfer.  She was born on April 2, 1857 and baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg.  Margaretha had older siblings who had been born in Maryland and Ohio.  She was the first to be born in Missouri, which indicates that the family had moved to Perry County not long before she was born.  Her father was a farmer.

The groom, Peter Sandler, was born on June 18, 1846, which made him 11 years older than his bride.  He was the son of John Michael and Margaretha (Lang) Sandler.  Peter was also baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Freidenberg.  His father was also a farmer.  However, farming was not to become Peter’s occupation.  It is said that he lived in several locations early in his life where he was able to learn the blacksmith trade.  The 1870 census shows him living in Glasgow, Missouri working as a blacksmith in the John Koester household.  Here is a map showing the location of Glasgow, Missouri along the Missouri River near Boonville and Columbia.

Glasgow, MO map
Glasgow, Missouri map

Mr. Koester was a wagon maker, and he apparently hired several blacksmiths as part of his business.

Peter Sandler 1870 census Glasgow MO
1870 census – Glasgow, MO

Living away from Perryville may have saved Peter’s life.  As was told in that previous post about his parents, several of his siblings died in the early 1870’s because of disease.  Here is a portion of an family history of the Sandler family (minus Peter).

Sandler siblings

1873 was an especially bad year in the Sandler household.

That brings us up to 1878 when Peter married Margaretha.  Here are photos of these two when they were married.

I think these two images are from the same wedding photograph.

Peter built a blacksmith shop and ran that business in Perryville during the rest of his lifetime.  The Sandlers would have 8 children.  Peter’s obituary from tells more about his life.

Peter Sandler obituary
Peter Sandler obituary

Peter died in 1932; Margaretha died in 1839.  Here is Margaretha’s obituary.

Margaretha Sandler obituary
Margaretha Sandler obituary

Peter and Margaretha are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Peter and Margaretha Sandler gravestone Immanuel Perryville
Peter and Margaretha Sandler gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville

As you can tell from their obituaries, Peter and Margaretha served their family, their community, and their church faithfully and well.

I have no idea if I am right about this, but there is a Sides Metal Recycling business located on a Sandler Drive in North Perryville just off Highway 61.  Maybe this was the site of Peter’s blacksmith business.  Or perhaps that street was named after someone in this Sandler family.  Maybe someone with some knowledge of Perryville history can help me out.

Sides Metal Recycling Perryville



3 thoughts on “Sandler the Smithy

  1. Greetings, I am Nancy House, Perryville mo. My mother was a Sandler. We had did extensive research before 2004. My records show what William and Anna did have 12 children.
    The blacksmith shop that Peter owned (Sandler Wagon Works) was located on North Street. We believed it was on the side of Ewalds toward Roziers parking lot. It had become the home of John and Barbara (Sandler) Scott who owned/ran Scotties dance club at that location.
    Sandler Drive by Sides Recycle, the corner home was owned by Leroy and Beulah (Hoff) Sandler. Leroy is son of Gottlieb Sandler, son of William Sandler.
    thank you, I enjoy your writings,
    Nancy House


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